The Heavenly Man
A concept of the Jewish mysticism of the Kabala. According
to the Zohar, the ‘‘heavenly man’’ was the first of the sephiroth
or divine emanations. Before the creation, God was without
form, above and beyond all attributes. But after he created the
heavenly man, he used him as a chariot in which to descend.
And desiring to make himself known by his attributes, ‘‘He let
Himself be styled as the God of pardon, the God of Justice, the
God Omnipotent, the God of Hosts and He Who Is (Jahveh).’’
The heavenly man is to be distinguished from the ‘‘earthly
man.’’ The creation of the earthly man was, indeed, the work
of the heavenly man—that is, of the first emanation from God.
Halevi, Z’ev ben Shimon. AAM and the Kabbalistic Tree. London
Rider, 1974.

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